1 Department of Learning and Philosophy, The Faculty of Humanities, Aalborg University, VBN2 The Faculty of Medicine, Aalborg University, VBN3 I C Learning, The Faculty of Humanities, Aalborg University, VBN4 Confucius Institute for Innovation and Learning, The Faculty of Humanities, Aalborg University, VBN5 The Faculty of Humanities, Aalborg University, VBN6 Research Centre for Learning and Education in Health and Medicine, The Faculty of Humanities, Aalborg University, VBN7 unknown
Conflict control is an important cognitive control ability and it is also crucial for human beings to execute conflict control on affective information. To address the neural correlates of cognitive control on affective conflicts, the present study recorded event-related potentials (ERPs) during a revised Eriksen Flanker Task. Participants were required to indicate the valence of the central target expression while ignoring the flanker expressions in the affective congruent condition, affective incongruent condition and neutral condition (target expressions flanked by scramble blocks). Behavioral results manifested that participants exhibited faster response speed in identifying neutral target face when it was flanked by neutral distractors than by happy distractors. Electrophysiological results showed that happy target expression induced larger N2 amplitude when flanked by sad distractors than by happy distractors and scramble blocks during the conflict monitoring processing. During the attentional control processing, happy target expression induced faster P3 response when it was flanked by happy distractors than by sad distractors, and sad target expression evoked larger P3 amplitude when it was flanked by happy distractors comparing with sad distractors. Taken together, the current findings of temporal dynamic of brain activity during cognitive control on affective conflicts shed light on the essential relationship between cognitive control and affective information processing.